Unless you have multiple vehicles and can afford to have one in disrepair for a period of time it’s a good idea to call a professional or take your car to a shop to take care of some jobs. The price you pay to have the pros take care of some of the tasks you have is well worth the cost when it comes to these issues with your vehicle. Not only does it make sense so that you don’t have to get your hands dirty, but also from a disposal standpoint you’re better off letting the experts handle these items for you.
Oil Change – While this is one of the simplest tasks of car maintenance on the market today, it’s much easier and more cost effective for you to allow a pro to handle the oil change. Unless you’ve committed to changing your own oil, you need a few special tools, a way to dispose of the old oil, the correct oil and filter and the time to get the job done. Let the pros handle this small task for you; it’s well worth the cost to save your knuckles and your clothes from the troubles of oil.
Battery Replacement – This seems like another easy to perform task, but it can be daunting at times. You don’t just unplug and reconnect a battery; it has to be strapped down. In addition to this, many companies now put the battery in the rear of the vehicle for better weight distribution. Once you do replace the battery you have to dispose of it. This is a job that you can leave to the professionals and save yourself a few headaches along the way, especially if you actually have no idea where the battery is located in your car.
Spark Plug Replacement – Because spark plugs can now last as much as 100,000 miles before needing to be replaced you shouldn’t do this anymore. Why? Because automakers have begun to put the spark plugs in places that are hard to reach. You’re only going to replace them every few years so they don’t think about accessibility anymore and with some engine setups these plugs are nearly impossible to get to. Let an expert worry about where the plugs are and how to get to them so that you can worry about the drive and the enjoyment of your vehicle.
Car Wash – Even though you can do a few washes in between, when it comes to the deep wash needed once in a while and the detail work you want done, let the pros handle the job. They have the tools, the know-how and are getting paid to give your car the shine you want. You will miss spots, end up scratching the finish or doo a poor job when you wash your own car, unless this is something you’ve been trained to do. It may sound silly, but if you want your car to look its best, let the pros get it clean for you.
Something You Can Do – Even though these other items seem to be easy to do, they are best left to the pros, but you can do one task on your vehicle with ease. You can change out the windshield wipers when needed. These are usually extremely easy to snap on and off and will give you a great way to make sure you have good visibility at all times. If you carry a couple spares with you at all times, you’ll be ready when one stops working in the middle of a storm, which is exactly when they tend to fail.